LIFE OF SAINT PETER
Saint Peter, whose original name was Simon, was the Prince of the twelve (12) apostles of Jesus Christ. He was a fisherman who lived near the Sea of Galilee. He was a married and God fearing man who together with his brother Andrew first responded to the call of Jesus.
Simon became Peter when Jesus told him You shall be “Peter” (which means rock) and upon this Rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 16:18:19).
Peter went to missionary tours in many lands to proclaim the Gospel. He became the first Pope, the first head of the Catholic Church, therefore he was the first Vicar of Christ on earth. He suffered martyrdom in Rome when he was crucified with head downward upon his own request, believing that he is not worthy to die like his master, Jesus.
Let St. Peter therefore, be the model of every Petrean in faithfulness to duty, firmness of faith and love for the Savior.
The feast of St. Peter together with St. Paul is celebrated every 29th of June.